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Give us competent, experienced NDDC boss not politicians – Group to Buhari

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The Watchdog for Progressive Ijaw (WPI), has appealed to President Muhammadu Buhari, not to succumb to pressure from selfish political leaders in appointing an individual whose allegiance belonged to a politician instead of the Niger Delta as the NDDC boss.

The group also said the next NDDC managing director must be someone with an in-depth understanding of the challenges of development of the region and a person that enjoys the respect and acceptability of critical groups in the area especially the Ijaw Youths Council (IYC).

In a statement sent to DAILY POST on Monday, the group noted that the mistakes of the past whereby considerations were given more to political gains rather than competence must not be repeated in the appointment of the next helmsman for the commission.

The statement, signed by WPI National Coordinator, Lambart Olambo, urged the President to be personally involved in the appointment of the next managing director to stop the trend of playing politics with the fate of the people.

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Olambo observed that it would be a great disservice to the people of the region if President Buhari doesn’t intervene.

The group said incessant unrest in the Niger Delta and youth militancy, which often resulted in avoidable bloodshed and destruction of properties came from appointments of incompetent and untested people to manage the affairs of the commission.

They asked President Buhari to ensure that only an independent-minded, firm and decisive individual with track records in corporate governance is appointed as the next managing director of Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC).

The group insisted that such an appointee must be a bridge-builder, a development expert and an individual that would reach out to all the stakeholders in the region without political or ethnic considerations.

The group said: “Our problem has always been allowing an individual or a group with selfish interest to recommend the appointment of the NDDC boss. In the time past, once any of such individuals emerge as the NDDC boss, they owe their allegiance to the politician or the group that recommended them.

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“This trend started since the exit of the original appointees that set up, structured and managed the Commission. Members of that team owe their allegiance only to the Niger Delta people and the President who gave them the assignment. The Niger Delta Development Master Plan which they designed has since been abandoned.

“Subsequent, appointees hand-picked by political leaders only did the bidding of a politician or group of politicians and in most cases allowed the NDDC to become a cash cow for their principals to actualise their political ambitions.

“Resources that should have gone into developmental projects were diverted to fund elections that were of interest to their principals. In most cases, they awarded phony contracts and paid the contractual sum without getting the jobs done, just to satisfy the greed of those who sponsored their appointments.

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“We are appealing to the President to change this narrative and turn around the NDDC for good. We are asking the President to use his experience and give us a sound, strong, firm and decisive NDDC boss, who understands our problems and is willing to work tirelessly to actualise the mandate of the NDDC.

“Our position is that the next substantive managing director of NDDC should not be an appendage of any politician. It is time to toe a different path and we know that President Buhari is equal to the task.”

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